The Beginning of Great Sorrows and Lamentations for American Liberty and Freedom

The message and hope is found in the Book of Lamentations written by the Prophet Jeremiah. There is not going to be a complete or understandable explanation for what we are most likely going to endure in the next few months. Maybe within the next few years. We already are seeing the silencing of certain voices, censorship on an unparalleled scale. We will be standing as witnesses to greater human suffering and sorrow that past generations may not have ever seen. Many Christians are appearing to be blindly led toward false hopes and securities with the claims that Christ's coming is on the threshold of human history.

Bearing False Witness and Doctrine on Whom do Latter-day Saints say Christ is

Probably one of the greatest questions ever asked in human history is that of Jesus Christ. Whom do you say that I am? Actually, He asked two great questions: Whom do men say that I am? and then the former question being directed toward his disciples. This is contained within Matthew 16:13-17:

Misquoting 2 Nephi 25:23

The question arises is this: Are Evangelical Christians properly quoting 2 Nephi 25:23? Or, are they misquoting and missing the point entirely of what was contained in the context of 2 Nephi 25?

Defending Restored Gospel Truths

I happened to have become acquainted with this individual as he began to participate in a Facebook Group called Apologia of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This group is designed to discuss LDS apologetics and how to answer criticisms against the Restored Gospel. He provided a link to a post I made. It got deleted. Then, I challenged him to a discussion and he followed through with one topic that he felt is false.

Taking a Closer Look at the Faulty Criticism of SpainardVIII

It is arguably evident that SpaniardVIII makes it so evidently clear that they have absolutely no clue as to what they are attempting conclude.

An LDS Perspective on Why God’s Identification as Male is the Key to Understanding Life’s Meaning

Within the creation of humanity, there were specific gender roles defined between man and woman. These roles were first defined in the Garden of Eden under the marriage ceremony God anointed. The other gender role involved human sexuality: Go therefore and be fruitful and multiply the earth. This included the authority of humanity (both man and woman) to work together in having dominion over all of God's creation. This may also be an allegory toward the doctrine of theosis and human potential toward progression into divinity (which will be explored under the main observation point of the wedding ceremony itself).

Mighty Power Unto Deliverance

Today's reading: 1 Nephi Chapter 1 ...I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.  ~ 1 Nephi 1:20 ~ A mindful and spiritually focused recovery program empowers an … Continue reading Mighty Power Unto Deliverance

How God meets us where we are in the present moment

One of the most challenge things in being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having to constantly be aware of one's on going work toward perfection. Many times, as a Mormon, the constant teaching of, "you have to do this in order for this to happen," came across the … Continue reading How God meets us where we are in the present moment

Nature and Understanding of God

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.  ~ First Article of Faith ~ ... all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular … Continue reading Nature and Understanding of God

How judging prevents blessings

At some point in each of our lives, we come to a place where we are in need of prayer, encouragement, support, and assistance. Within the Christian community, we are all in need of these things. Problem is, there is criticism, judgment, and lack of compassion and empathy upon those who come with their needs. … Continue reading How judging prevents blessings

How opposition is beneficial to our authentic Christian life

For it must needs be, there is an opposition in all things ~ 2 Nephi 2:11 ... it is as necessary that we should have difficulties to contend with, in order to make intelligent provision for our spiritual concerns, as it is that we should have the winter frosts and stormy weather to enable us … Continue reading How opposition is beneficial to our authentic Christian life

The need to love God – Our greatest commandment

To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is all-consuming and all-encompassing. It is no lukewarm endeavor. It is total commitment of our very being - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually - to love of the Lord. What is the greatest commandment? When the Sadduccee's challenged Christ on the doctrine of resurrection, … Continue reading The need to love God – Our greatest commandment

Do businesses have a right to deny services to homosexuals based on religious conviction?

According to Komo News 4 and the Seattle PI, several Republican Lawmakers are introducing a measure to exclude business owners from Anti-Discriminatory lawsuits where their religious beliefs would be protected in denying services or goods to those who identify as homosexuals. This measure is Senate Bill 5927. It is being sponsored by 12 of the … Continue reading Do businesses have a right to deny services to homosexuals based on religious conviction?

Church Issues Statement on Boy Scouts of America

From the Mormon Newsroom | Church Issues Statement on Boy Scouts of America.   NEWS RELEASE —  25 APRIL 2013 Church Issues Statement on Boy Scouts of America SALT LAKE CITY —  For 100 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enjoyed a strong, rewarding relationship with Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Recently, BSA has … Continue reading Church Issues Statement on Boy Scouts of America

New Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction Offers Love, Understanding and Hope

SALT LAKE CITY — In an effort to encourage understanding and civil conversation about same-sex attraction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched the website “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction” (www.mormonsandgays.org). It features a number of videos from people who share real experiences from their own perspectives on a sensitive … Continue reading New Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction Offers Love, Understanding and Hope

A Logical Proof that Mormonism is True

A Logical Proof that Mormonism is True What Makes God Just, Merciful, and Powerful The gospel of the Jesus Christ found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not complicated.  It is straightforward, concise, and available to everyone.  The gospel stems from a Heavenly Father who is just, merciful, and powerful.  These … Continue reading A Logical Proof that Mormonism is True

Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

According to Aaron Earls article, found here Baptist Press - Mormonism's cultural rise likely to continue - News with a Christian Perspective, one cannot escape the flawed statements made. At first, one reads and finds some congruence with what Earls is saying, and the informational statements made by Tal Davis and Ant Greenham, about Mitt Romney … Continue reading Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

Every Evangelical/Mormon Argument Goes Something Like This . . .

David French, over at Patheos via Every Evangelical/Mormon Argument Goes Something Like This . . .., writes a very interesting article about the commonalities of Evangelical and Mormon discussions. Specifically, how such discussions turn into a kind of "Well my intellectual reasoning is better than your intellectual reasoning" schoolyard commentary. He brings up the following six points … Continue reading Every Evangelical/Mormon Argument Goes Something Like This . . .

Avoid wrestling with pigs

George Bernard Shaw adequately stated the following: I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. As we engage in the conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are going to come across individuals with a pernicious tenacity to engage us … Continue reading Avoid wrestling with pigs

Mormonism, Blacks and the Priesthood

Between the time of American Slavery, the Abolition Movement, the subsequent Civil War that divided a nation, and the southern segregation of blacks and whites (as well as other parts of the United States) and the final movement of the Civil Rights of 1950’s to the 1980’s; blacks were considered an inferior race, as well as treated as second class citizens. Through this predominate social dilemma, and those that had come to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, carrying with them their already established presuppositions of the African Race, the idea of black men having the same priesthood authority as those of European and Anglo-Saxon races would elevate the black man.

Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

  Yellow Journalism is a term used to define the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers[1]. The Online Etymology dictionary provides additional information as to what yellow journalism refers to: “Sensational chauvinism in the media,” 1898, Amer. Eng. From newspaper agitation for war with Spain; originally “publicity stunt use of colored ink” (1895) in ref. to the popular … Continue reading Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

Forthcoming features

In a previous article, I mentioned that there are going to be some new changes and a redesign for Mormon Apologetic Research Studies. One of those changes is deciding upon a more appropriate and shortened name. One name is Mormon Apologia, however, am also considering The Strait and Narrow as an alternative. This latter would … Continue reading Forthcoming features

Mormon critics and criticism: A perception of extreme ideology

  Information cocoon is what Cass R Sunstein, the Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard University, wrote in his column on Bloomberg View[1]. This same article also appeared in the Sunday edition of the Everett Herald, bearing the title: “How disagreeing can bring us together”[2]. Geared more toward political extremist viewpoints on the Conservative … Continue reading Mormon critics and criticism: A perception of extreme ideology

Introduction: Survey – Apostasy to Restoration

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is restored in these latter-days. Critics ask how the Mormon faith can proclaim to be a Restoration since there never was a need of restoring Christianity. Either side of the discussion, the central pillar that must be investigated is whether … Continue reading Introduction: Survey – Apostasy to Restoration

Mormonism’s Abandoned Race Policy: Context Matters

I actually address the heart of the issue of Mormonism, Blacks and the Priesthood in this article here: http://timothyrberman.newsvine.com/_news/2012/08/27/13512376-mormonism-and-the-priesthood-ban; as well as here: http://www.examiner.com/article/mormonism-blacks-and-the-melchizedek-priesthood?cid=db_articles Much of the problem with understanding the Priesthood Ban is to actually understand what was the current acceptable social norm of American Society during the formidable years of the Church growth … Continue reading Mormonism’s Abandoned Race Policy: Context Matters

Sandra Tanner’s “Masonic Symbols and the LDS Temple”

While I try to be fair, I often find it very easy to be critical of the works cranked out by Utah Lighthouse Ministries.  I say this because, while Sandra and the late Jerald Tanner are reasonably good at citing their sources, not all of their sources are necessarily of high quality, and in quoting … Continue reading Sandra Tanner’s “Masonic Symbols and the LDS Temple”

When were Mormons Socialists?

  When Were Mormons Socialists? D. E. Neighbors 28 May 2012 7 And behold, there was peace in all the land, insomuch that the Nephites did go into whatsoever part of the land they would, whether among the Nephites or the Lamanites. 8 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did also go whithersoever they would, … Continue reading When were Mormons Socialists?